The title Con[text] itself is a play on words "con" meaning with in Spanish and "text" referring to any written language.  Literal context is added to an image with the addition of words, numbers, letters.  Shots of billboards, graffiti, headstones or even the illusion of a letter or word counts.  The following examples have been shown at Darkroom Gallery in past exhibitions or provided by juror Tim Clark.

 © William Horton "The Perfect Perch"William Horton's The Perfect Perch is a perfect example of text naturally occurring and re-instating the origins of a subject. It adds a richness to the image and authenticates the windmill.

©Barbara Dombach "Sparrow"Barbara Dombach's The Sparrow is an example of two different kinds of text within the same image, handwriting is juxtaposed with the typeface of "June" in this dream-like image.


© Sean Stewart "Comfortable Alley no34"Sean Stewart's Comfortable Alley no34 is an example of an image with symbols that do not have legible words but the viewer knows they have meaning, obstruction of this meaning makes the photograph all the more mysterious. As this can also be true for text in a different language.

 © EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine)

EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine) is an example of collage. The artist took 2 found objects, in this case, mail and a iconic photograph and played them off one another along with a handwritten addition, it tells a unique story with all these multi layers at play.

 © Harold Ross "Flying Fish"

Harold Ross's "Flying Fish" is an example of a hidden symbol within an image. Can you see the letter T in this photograph? Do you think this is a happy mistake or a consious choice of Ross?

© Hugh Jones "Alice in Wonderland"

Hugh Jones' Alice in Wonderland is an example of numbers or letters creating an overall texture or pattern, adding another layer of meaning to the image.

© Fritzi Newton "If Doors Could Talk"

Fritzi Newton's If Doors Could Talk is an example of documentary photography that just so happens to have fragments of words in the found scene. When you are walking around with your camera you must capture some signage or logos in your shots, this is fair game for Con[text].

©Roz Leibowitz "Annie Julia or Life After Death"

Roz Leibowitz's Annie Julia or Life After Death is a construction of a taken image along with the artist's written word. This is indicative of the dadaist movement, informing the viewer of a specific context to analyze the image.

EXHIBIT OPENS ON July 25th, 2018
Artists' Reception scheduled for August 11th, 2018

Juror: Wendi Schneider

 Milkweed II  © Deb Ehrens

Much as we might try to deny it, the essence of existence is change. Photography from the beginning has often been called a means of stopping time, a way of preserving a fleeting glimpse of existence in material form. Whether the photographic representation of a temporal moment is a rendering of reality is another question - one that's become a topic of considerable controversy now that it's possible to alter a photo to present an "unreal reality". But for the purposes of this exhibition we're looked for images depicting or representing a specific instant

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close:20 June 18 23:59 EST
Selections Announced:by 28 June 18
On-Line Check-in Due:5 July 18
Work Receipt Deadline:22 July 18
Exhibit Opens:25 July 18
Artists' Reception:11 August 18 16:00
Exhibit Closes:2 September 18
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For Metamorphosis we invited submission of photographs that address the transient, the ephemeral, and the transition from one stage of being to another.  Sometimes it's possible to illustrate two states of existence in the same image,. In most cases, however, change or transition can be represented by a single image: think of photos of a Bar Mitzvah, the birth of a child, the demolition of an iconic building, the erosion of a hillside and its converse, the volcanic eruption. or the poignant little life and death dramas that take place in our yards and gardens every day. It's also quite possible to suggest change and transition less literally, through the abstract or surreal image, and we encouraged entrants to explore those possibilities as well.


Juror's Statement:

I’m honored to have had the opportunity to jury the Metamorphosis exhibit and was delighted to see the thoughtful submissions. 
“Milkweed II” , by Deb Ehrens, was awarded Juror’s Choice. This stunning, evocative image is well-composed and lit, exquisitely and appropriately vibrant, and a technically and emotionally sound representation of the theme - it jumped out at me immediately, not only for its beauty, but also because it so wonderfully illustrates the metamorphosis of the plant and the passage of time.
I awarded Honorable Mention to “Selfportrait as Bather of Valpincon” by Rheana Gardner for its fascinating, contemporary, successful take on one of Ingres’ most famous paintings. 
I’m grateful to each of the artists who entered the call, as I know you have many opportunities from which to choose. Most of the images could be interpreted to fit the theme, which made my task both easier and more difficult. The chosen images had to be strong thematically, technically and conceptually. Some of the images that moved me were excluded as they didn’t fit with the entirety of the exhibit, or they were simply too similar in subject or treatment to others. Jurying is a ultimately a subjective process. Our task is to make a cohesive whole from disparate parts, to find the threads that pull them together and yet also celebrate the diversity of vision and craft. I hope you will not be discouraged if your work did not make the cut this time, and continue to hone your vision and make work that speaks to your soul and your own personal metamorphosis. http://www.wendischneider.com/                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                            Wendi Schneider  Denver CO, June 2018

Milkweed II
Juror's Choice

Deb Ehrens
South Dartmouth, MA USA
Self-portrait as Bather of Valpincon
Honorable Mention

Rheana Gardner
Leaves Turn

Alexandria Donovan
Westport, Connecticut USA

Artifact III

Allison Roberts
Madison, WI USA
Reflection, scene #01

Andreas Kuehn
East Sandwich, MA USA
In the mist

Anna Pepe
Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom


Barbara Curcio
West Islip, New York USA
Ice Diamond Blue Wall

Barrack Evans
Dorset, VT USA
Creekside 2011, 2016

Benjamin Dimmitt
Fairview, NC USA


Candice Inc
Chicago, Illinois USA
The Peony's Party

Carol Wontkowski
Attleboro, MA USA
Both Sides Now

Catherine Fairchild
Houston, Texas USA

Ophelia, after

Cynthia August
Ipswich, MA USA
Nature Moves In

Dascha Esselius
Stockholm, Sweden

Debra Van Swearingen
Norman, Oklahoma USA

Dust Bowl Blues

Debra Van Swearingen
Norman, Oklahoma USA
Looking Out

natural transformation

Evelin Juen
Imst, Tirol austria

Acrylic Reaction 4

Jana Styblova
Portland, Oregon United States
The Passage

Jennifer Glassman
Bell Canyon, CA USA
In The Stars

Jenny Helbraun Abramson
Sebastopol, CA United States


Joel Plotch
New York, New York USA
Sea Into Sky

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA

Kanat Akar
Baltimore, Maryland United States

One Night I Dreamed...Creation

Karla Bernstein
Newtown, CT United States
One Night I Dreamed...Escape

Karla Bernstein
Newtown, CT United States

Kathryn Reichert
Fairbanks, Alaska USA


Kathryn Sarken
Watertown, MA USA
A Winter Sequence, 12

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA

Leslie Jean-Bart
New York, NY USA

The twins

Maria Åkerblom
Järvsö, Sweden
Singapore in Transition

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Mark Sadan
Burlington, VT USA


Matt LaPierre
Gorham, Maine USA

Meredith Howe Jones
Pelham, MA United States
The Ramp to the Salish Sea

Michael Elenko
Vashon Island, WA USA

Changing of the Guard

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

Nadide Goksun
Scarsdale, New York United States

Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA

Peal of Wall

Philip DUTCH Bagley
ELKINS PARK, PA United States
Queen Anne's Lace - Daucus carota

Philip Hopper
Brooklyn, NY United States
Disrupted Chaos

Rebecca Womble Carpenter
Frederick, MD USA


Rheana Gardner

Rich Vogel
Andover, MA USA

Richard K. Kent
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA

Offering House, Hengyang China

Robert Gilbert
Edinburg, TX USA
Shade Dancer

Robert S Johnson
Wounded butterfly, Series "Big bang in my hand"

Sandrine Aim
LONDON, london England

Palace under the Sea

Sangmin Yoon
Uijeongbu-si, Gyenggi-do South Korea
Exploration of A Barren Land, Iceland, 2017

Stephanie Paine
Lafayette, LA United States

Steven McBride
Weaverville, NC United States


Susanna Patras
Reno, NV USA
Self Portrait

Taylor Mathues
Lebanon, NJ USA
Ice Moon, from the series, Floating Blue

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA

Boulder in the Woods

Tom duffy
bloomington, in USA


EXHIBIT Closed on July 15th 2018
Artists' Reception scheduled for August 11th, 2018

Juror: Saul Robbins

  Juror'sChoice Party Dress ©Jo Ann


"A good photograph is knowing where to stand."  - Ansel Adams

That's a rather simple statement from a master photographer whose methodology and rigorous striving for perfection were anything but simple. Yes, knowing where to stand is important, but so is knowing what to shoot and when to shoot it.  Our juror for this exhibition, Personal Perspective, is Saul Robbins, a well-known photographer, teacher, and critic. He states in his personal bio that (he is) "... interested in the ways people interact within their surroundings and the psychological dynamics..." of that interaction. We all have a unique way of looking at things, a singular vision that can be enhanced and polished by our observations of the world around us through our camera lens. The 42 images comprising this exhibition were carefully selected to represent the singular ways in which the individual photographers included view their world.

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:7 June 18
Artists' Reception:23 June 18 16:00
Exhibit Closes:15 July 18
Submission Rules
Selection Process
How to make a Submission
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Invite a Photographer

The Darkroom Gallery Difference




Juror's Statement:  

Jurying an exhibition such as this is always a challenge. The power of lens-based imagery is such that through the eyes of others we find new opportunities to consider the myriad ways in which particular themes are addressed, and this selection is no exception. I remain particularly intrigued by where photographers continue to direct their lenses and the subjects they deem worthy of investigation. The images that caught and held my attention are the ones striving harder than usual to place their maker and myself a few steps closer to a thesis that has not yet been so fully articulated as to become cliché. It is my hope that viewers will follow my lead and look, think, and move a step or two closer than usual at the world around us, and to appreciate the inherent potential for discovery that lies in every Personal Perspective. 

 - Saul Robbins, New York, May 2018 

Robbin's work has been exhibited and published internationally, and may be viewed at www.saulrobbins.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          



Party Dress
Juror's Choice

Jo Ann Chaus
Edgewater, NJ United States
Luxembourg Gardens
Honorable Mention

Bruce Berkow
New York, NY USA
Living Room Fort
Honorable Mention

Holly Thompson
New Braunfels, TX USA

Abstract of Desire #1
Honorable Mention

Michael Tkach
Erie, PA USA
Here Is a Riddle, Find the Answer
Honorable Mention

Wen Hang Lin
Mesa, AZ USA
People's Choice

Kathryn Sarken
Watertown, MA USA

by the sea 02

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany
by the sea 03

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany

Carmen Spitznagel
Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany

Urban Abstract II 3/10

Carol Donahue
Kingwood, TX USA
In The Shadow of Stars

Devin K Grady
Irvine, CA United States
Rising Sun

Francisco Isaac Alvarez
Houston, Texas United States

Infinite Jest

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Geoffrey Agrons
Philadelphia, PA USA

Jo Ann Chaus
Edgewater, NJ United States

Green Dress

Jo Ann Chaus
Edgewater, NJ United States

Jo Ann Chaus
Edgewater, NJ United States

Jo Ann Chaus
Edgewater, NJ United States

Window Seat

Jo Ann Chaus
Edgewater, NJ United States
Looking Back

Jo Ann Chaus
Edgewater, NJ United States
Stealth Read

Joanna Stuart
New Haven, CT USA

Shadow's Antonym

Joanna Stuart
New Haven, CT USA
Inside Anxiety

Kathryn Sarken
Watertown, MA USA

Lauri Collins
Highland Village, TX USA

White Hot

Michael Jon Coleman
S. Burlington, VT USA

Michael Miner
Studio City, CA USA
Grand Illusion

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA


Nadide Goksun
Scarsdale, New York United States

Nadide Goksun
Scarsdale, New York United States
Street Seen

Nick Winkworth
Menlo Park, CA USA

Antarctica Valley Cloud

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
WaterFire Blaze

Paul M. Murray
Jamestown, RI USA
Rainy Day N°5

Philippe Antoine Boirin
New York, New York États-Unis


Renee Revah
Athens, Elliniko Greece

Renee Revah
Athens, Elliniko Greece
Untitled 3

Sally Chapman
Medford, MA USA

Where Do I Begin, and Where Do I End

Shweta Poddar
Gurgaon, Haryana India
Gray Day in the Park

Susan Hanson
San Marcos, Texas USA

Suzan Mandla
Ottawa, Ontario Canada


Timo Evon
Burlington, VT USA
White in the Blue, Stretching Afar

Wen Hang Lin
Mesa, AZ USA
Creeping Quiet as the Wind

Wen Hang Lin
Mesa, AZ USA



































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